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Mission San Jose

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Address: 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone Number: 210 229 4770
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Getting married
Description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five...
Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.
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Excellent Park Ranger Tour & Mariachi Mass

We reallty enjoyed hearing the history of the Mission given by a Park Ranger. We ended the tour at the Mission Church & went inside for the 12:30 Mariachi Mass. The music was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We reallty enjoyed hearing the history of the Mission given by a Park Ranger. We ended the tour at the Mission Church & went inside for the 12:30 Mariachi Mass. The music was wonderful, with a great choir and we felt very welcome even though we were not Catholic. The parking is adequate and patrolled by Park Rangers so that... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

In addition to being a stunning landmark that is free to visit, ( drop a few dollars in the donation box) this mission hums with the vibrant community that use it for events. The day we visited a huge group was setting up for a fiesta-music, food and much joy. It made me think of the buzz that probably surrounded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed seeing everything and the History, Just wish I would have drove there instead we took the trolley. The Trolley was a bad experience. Too much time wasted.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This mission houses the national park headquarters. You can take a guided tour, and/or watch a very informative movie on the history of the missions and the native people. The grounds here are largely restored giving you a very good idea of what things were like in the days the mission was active. The history is delivered larger from the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Great, beautiful relic of the past that has so much history and is quite beautiful. Please go spend the day touring the missions and enjoying something so well-preserved!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The entrance house is very didactic. With a lot of explanations. And the Mision is very well maintained. There are some explanations around the place and the nice part is to enter and see the place like many years ago. The church is very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It took a bit to find it the mission but the map app finally got me there but it was well worth the trip to see the great piece of history...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

San Jose was the first stop on our mission trail trip. We started with the short film in the visitor center. The film went to great lengths to be politically correct -- it never mentioned that Catholics founded the missions. Next, we joined a park ranger led tour. Our particular ranger had a bad habit of swinging his water bottle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I rented bicycles in Downtown San Antonio and rode the newly expanded Riverwalk to tour all 5 missions. Mission San Jose was my favorite! The perimeter wall stands and it really gave a sense of the community that was. There was actually an inner wall and an outer wall with residences between them. A couple of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a well preserved mission on over six acres, allowing plenty of room to stroll the grounds at your own pace and soak in the history while seeing the the ornate chapel and getting a sense of what it might have been like to live then and there. Good visitor center too although the guide of the day we... More 

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